Police investigate baby’s death at Eudora daycare, license suspended


Oliver Ortiz

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EUDORA, Kan. -- Police say a baby’s death at a home daycare is suspicious. Kansas Department of Health and Environment suspended the license of Sunshine Kids Group Daycare Home while police work to determine more about 9-month-old Oliver Ortiz's injuries.

Eudora Police responded to the 1300 block of Chestnut Lane September 29th to find daycare staff providing CPR to the unresponsive infant.

Ortiz was pronounced dead soon thereafter at a Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Child investigators were called in from neighboring departments to speak to the other six children inside the daycare at the time to try to find out what happened. But police say the daycare’s owner and an employee working that day aren't answering their questions.

“They’ve enacted their constitutional right to a lawyer so unfortunately they are not talking to us anymore,” Detective Daniel Flick said.

FOX 4 went to the home of the daycare with the suspended license, but no one answered the door.

A preliminary autopsy revealed injuries police say could have caused the child’s death. No one has been charged as they continue their investigation.

"We’ve conducted several search warrants, a lot of evidence as far as cellphones, property from the daycare. Computers all that stuff is being analyzed either by KBI or Lawrence PD, as far as computer and the phones,” Detective Flick said.

Ortiz’s parents aren’t speaking publicly about the boy’s death until they find out why he died.

“They just want answers like everybody else, they are very supportive of our investigation and I’ve been in constant communication with them,” Detective Flick said.

Police say parents of other children they interviewed said the generally were happy with their children’s care. Sunshine Kids has appealed the suspension and is waiting on a hearing. Just one month before the boy’s death an annual state review of Sunshine Kids found three violations, including a 9-month old napping behind a closed curtain outside of any supervision.

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